• New Event Trend: Branded Beverages

    Three top accoutrements dress up drinks.

     
    POSTED December 29, 2016
     

PURE & CLEAR MINNESOTA ICE

Ice is an integral part to a great cocktail (with the exception of those made neat). Pure & Clear Minnesota Ice prides itself on its artisan ice cubes that are so dense they melt slower than regular ice, minimizing dilution. Handcrafted in Minnesota but shipped nationwide, the crystal-clear cubes come in a selection of geometric shapes. Logos can be etched into The Rock and The Cylinder for a visually engaging drink. 

AARDVARK

Aardvark’s paper straws won’t last forever—and that’s a good thing. Every day we use one billion plastic straws globally, most of which will never deteriorate. All Aardvark’s straws (including its patented Eco-Flex paper straws) are made with materials that are chlorine-free and are biodegradable, compostable and sustainable. But durability isn’t an issue. Aardvark’s straws are made with 33 percent more material than all other paper straws and won’t break down in beverages. With over 200 designs as well as the ability to create customized straws and wrappers, brands will quite literally be at attendees’ fingertips. 

EVERMINE

Classy and eye-catching, Evermine’s coasters make attendees think twice about setting their drink down. Evermine’s website boasts a wide selection of design templates with customizable text, or clients can upload their own design or logo entirely. Its Business Preferred Club is free to join and offers 20 percent off and promotions to members, making Evermine’s coasters even more cost effective. 

Ferndale’s Otus Supply opened last year, and named this cocktail after a song by New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Remy Martin 1738
—0.5 oz. Tempus Fugit Gran Classico
—0.75 oz. lemon sherbet*
—3 dashes hazelnut bitters*
—lemon twist for garnish
—Herbsaint

DIRECTIONS:
1. Rinse a Nick and Nora glass with Herbsaint.
2. Stir all other ingredients in a mixing glass.
3. Strain cocktail into Herbsaintrinsed glass.
4. Garnish with lemon twist.

 

Local jam companies are popping up, and their concoctions are taking off. 

Grosse Pointe-based Slow Jams, founded in 2011 and initially sold just at Eastern Market, now retails its products at Plum Market, Kroger, and a host of local restaurants, markets and shops. 

 

The Spiced Maple Manhattan hails from Traverse City’s new Hotel Indigo. Make it at home yourself or sample it this spring at the Indigo rooftop gathering following our 12th annual Best of Michigan readers’ choice awards.

INGREDIENTS:
—2 dashes orange bitters
—1 cherry
—1 orange slice
—1.5 T Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Simple Syrup (see below)
—2 oz. Traverse City Cherry Whiskey
—1 T sweet vermouth
—1 cinnamon stick for garnish